Jake, a soon to be college graduate stumbles upon an ad in an art magazine. The town of Niederbipp is looking for a new potter to replace, Isaac, the seventh potter in a long string of potters reaching back to 1717. For the past 8 years, Jake has dreamed of being a village potter. He applies for the job, despite his plans for the summer and to his surprise, is awarded the Pottery, an apartment and a vast collection of old pots. With the help of his new friend Amy, Jake begins to piece together the secrets of life Isaac lived by and shared with all who knew him.
This is a fun read. You really get to know the town’s quiet little charm and spunk; as well as the eclectic mix of people that live there. Seriously once you read it you’ll be wishing the town of Niederbipp truly existed, so you could visit the charming town and people who live there. It is the first of three books in the series. It is fantastic and leaves you wanting to read the other two. I truly loved Jake and wanted everything to work out for him, he is a real and likable character. Don’t be intimidated by the length of the book, it is a really quick and easy read.
A little more background info on the author, Ben Behunin, he is a Utah native and a real life potter, so he knows what he’s talking about with all the pottery in the book. He actually opens his home sudio twice a year for people to come and view/purchase his pottery creations. Quite the experience, he is very talented.
Rating: Five out of Five stars